13-Month-Old Girl in Amber Alert Was Found Abandoned in Shed: LASD

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A mother and her 13-month-old daughter were staying at a Motel 6 at 407 West Palmdale Blvd. in Palmdale, pictured, when the woman was assaulted and the young girl kidnapped on July 18, 2015, Sheriff's Department officials said. (Credit: Google Maps)

Investigators on Sunday released new details about the abduction of a 13-month-old girl in the Antelope Valley that led to the activation of the Amber Alert system the previous day and sparked an hourslong search that ended with the baby being found alive.

Deputies began investigating the case on Saturday morning after they responded to a report of a sexual assault and learned the victim’s daughter has possibly been kidnapped, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Preliminary information prompted Lancaster sheriff’s deputies to initiate an Amber Alert. They originally identified a male adult and his brown BMW as a person and vehicle of interest, the release stated.

However, detectives later determined the man and vehicle were not involved in the reported incident.

Eventually, they identified another man as a person of interest in the case and also gave out a new vehicle description. Deputies from the Palmdale sheriff’s station eventually found the vehicle, a blue Ford Contour, in the area of East Avenue T-8 and 40th Street East at around 2:50 p.m.

Two occupants inside the car — 35-year-old Brandon Wynn and an unidentified male juvenile — were arrested on attempted murder charges, sheriff’s officials said in the release.

Meanwhile, deputies with the Lancaster sheriff’s station uncovered a lead that led them to search for the girl in a shed near East Avenue T-8 and 43rd Street East, the release stated. The location is several blocks away from where the arrests were made.

Then, at approximately 3:05 p.m., Lancaster and Palmdale deputies located the baby inside the shed. She was found alone, and authorities were still unsure how long she had been left unattended.

A neighbor had apparently also gone there to investigate the sounds of crying coming from inside the shed, authorities stated.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the girl to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. Her injuries were not considered life threatening, authorities said.

The Sheriff’s Department initially said the mother and baby were staying at a Motel 6 located at 400 block of West Palmdale Boulevard when the woman was allegedly kidnapped around 3 a.m.

The victim was allegedly sexually assaulted before being taken to an area near 230th Street East and Avenue J in Lake Los Angeles.

A sheriff’s official said the woman had been assaulted in the desert. She was naked when she managed to make her way to a location where residents rescue horses, and get help.

An investigation into the case was ongoing, and sheriff’s officials said more charges were expected.

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact Detective Staley of the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau at 562-522-1070.

Those preferring to remain anonymous can leave a tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.